Colliers Way

Route Details

  • From - to: Dundas Aqueduct - Frome via Radstock
  • Distance: 23 miles
  • Terrain: Disused railway and minor roads (some hilly). Surface mostly tarmac
  • Access: Frome Railway Station or Bath Spa Railway Station
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 24
  • Current closures /diversions on this route

Route Description

This cycling and walking path between Dundas Aqueduct, Radstock and Frome makes use of disused railway lines and quiet country lanes through picturesque Somerset countryside.

Largely tracing the route of old railways and quiet lanes, this relaxing and mainly traffic-free environment is perfect for novice cyclists and families.

Starting just outside the city of Bath, the route extends from Limpley Stoke Valley in the north to Frome Valley in the south taking you through the heart of the old Somerset Coal Field. 

Dundas Aqueduct, which stretches across the River Avon, has a visitor centre with refreshments and other facilities.

Radstock is set in some of the most beautiful Somerset countryside and is home to the Radstock Museum where the long and fascinating history of mining and life in the North Somerset Coalfields can be discovered.

Frome is steeped in history and creativity, with more listed buildings than any other town in Somerset, as well as a renowned thriving Arts and Crafts community. There is plenty to explore, including a museum, 17th and 18th century housing and shopping.

Need more information? Download a free route leaflet of The Colliers Way.

The route also links to the newly opened, 13 mile Bath Two Tunnels Circuit

The iconic Bath Two Tunnels were opened on the 6th of April 2013 providing a fantastic walking and cycling link between Central Bath, Midford, Monkton Combe and beyond.

Things to see and do

Colliers Way is a Sustrans Art Trail. Along this route you can find the following artworks: 

Linear Orchard

Artists Liz Turrell and Imi Murfe worked with local schools to create a 'Linear Orchard' of English apple trees planted at intervals to highlight disappearing orchards in Somerset, and echo self seeded fruit trees (from apple cores thrown from trains) along the route.

Artists Jon Easterby, Louise Baker, Liz Turrel and Imi Maufe also worked with local schools and parents to develop artwork for the project and exhibited as part of a Schools Exhibition at Radstock Museum. 

Stone Column

This piece is formed by seven stacked boulders reflecting the geological strata of the area (Chalk Cretaceous, Forest Marble, Great Oolite, Inferior Oolite, Blue Lias, White Lias, Pennant) to commemorate the pioneering work of William smith, the 'father of geology' who once lived at nearby Tucking Mill and who worked as a surveyor constructing the canal system in the area.

Fussell's Railings

The railings by Jez Pearson  commemorate the water foce which powered the local Fussell's sharp tool factory. The work is made up of flowing forms that combine artistic and blacksmithing skills.

This project was  possible by the generous support of the Arts Council England, South West Regional Development Agency, Radstock Town Council, Somerset County Council, and Mendip District Council, The Gatliff Trust, and BANES.

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Route Diversions /Closures

The redevelopment of the old Radstock Station site will enable the temporary route for National Route 24 via Meadow View Radstock to be replaced with a new route through the development direct to the town centre.

There will still be a link to Meadow View when the development is finished. During construction the developers are obliged to keep a route open except when the safety of path users would be threatened, when short closures may occur. Please cooperate with the construction team during this period.

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This cycling and walking path between Dundas Aqueduct, Radstock and Frome makes use of disused railway lines and quiet country lanes through picturesque Somerset countryside.

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51.30308878681652
Longitude: 
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This cycling and walking path between Dundas Aqueduct, Radstock and Frome makes use of disused railway lines and quiet country lanes through picturesque Somerset countryside.
Please note: Diversion on route, see below

Length: 
23 miles